The Friends of Lake Sonoma welcomes you!

The Friends of Lake Sonoma is a cadre of volunteers that supports the interpretive and educational programs managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Sonoma.  Due to federal budget shortfalls, we also provide funding to help maintain the park and keep key facilities -- including the Milt Brandt Visitors Center -- open to public access.  We welcome your help -- financially through monetary and in-kind donations or through your service as a park volunteer! 

Sooie! Help us control our wild pig population!

It's pig hunting season!  Grab your crossbow and bring home the bacon!  Lake Sonoma's pig hunting season is under way now through March 23.  You'll need a special permit and must have a driver's license, valid California hunting license and pig tags to register.  Cost is $35.  For full information, check out our hunting page on this website under "Support Lake Sonoma."  (Or, better yet, just click here!)

Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival is February 13th!

Join us Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 for the Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival!  Rain or shine, it's a full day of family fun that's FREE (except for food and beverages)!  The festival begins at 10 a.m. at the Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma.  Food, wine, beer, music, kids activities -- something for everyone!  Check out our silent auction, too!  More information is on this website under "Support Lake Sonoma."  (Or, click here.)

Milt Brandt Visitors Center

The Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma is now open daily!  Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Friends of Lake Sonoma is looking for volunteers to help staff the center and give fish hatchery tours during the Steelhead Run, which is January through April.  If you can help, contact us at

We tip our cap to this year's Steelhead Festival sponsors!

The Friends of Lake Sonoma proudly salutes the following companies and organizations that have signed on as sponsors of the 2016 Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival.

Sonoma County Winegrape Commission (Gold Sponsor)

American AgCredit (Silver Sponsor)

Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley (Wine Sponsor)

Bear Republic Brewing Company (Beer Sponsor)

Brandt Insurance, The Belli Corporation (Westec Tank), Bowland Vineyard Management, Exchange Bank,  Lake Sonoma Marina, Vineyard Industry Products and the Russian River Watershed Association (Steelhead Sponsors)

Board of Directors

Richard Thomas, chairman

Linda Clapp, vice chairman

Tony Pettis, treasurer

Gordon Amrein, recording secretary

Donna Meier, corresponding secretary


Directors: Dora Azevedo, Joe Brandt, Harry Bosworth, Jayson Collard, Dan Harting, Rick Herbert, Brad Sherwood, Mark Thayer, Kasey Wade


Directors Emeritus:  Paul Finn, Dave Harmeson, Phil Pinto, Arnold Santucci, Ken Screechfield

Tax Status

The Friends of Lake Sonoma is recognized as a non-profit cooperative association under section 501 (c) 3 of the United State Internal Revenue Service tax code.  Our tax identification number is 94-2260679.  We operate on a fiscal year from January 1 to December 31.  Monetary and in-kind donations to the Friends of Lake Sonoma are considered to be tax deductible, unless limited by law.


The Friends of Lake Sonoma relies on strong partnerships with key govenmental agencies and businesses, including:

United States Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District

Sonoma County Water Agency

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

National Environmental Education & Training Foundation

Toyota Motor Sales USA

Back Country Horsemen of California -- North Bay Chapter

Bike Monkey

Sonoma County Bowmen

United Flyers of Sonoma County

Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley




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